A teenage blogger in the Czech Republic, who made up the quote that undermined him from Day One, the claim that, six years ago, he had said he would “never” take the Chelsea job, “out of respect for my former club at Liverpool”.
Benitez told the Mirror: “I try to have the vision of the big picture. If I’m here, it’s because I was successful. I have won all the trophies you can win at club level, in different countries and different teams. I know my ability and skill.
“But you cannot change things now, in this society, especially with Twitter and Facebook – they go so fast.
“In the past, you could have three people who were not happy about your team selections or your substitutions, or whatever, and nobody would notice.
“Now you can have one person in the Czech Republic, making up a quote and saying ‘Rafa said this’, and then it’s repeated over and again. It becomes ‘the truth’, even though it’s not true – and it WAS NOT true.
“The trouble is you cannot change the perception now of people who are on another continent and read on Twitter the opinion of someone else, who has a blog and wants to write something not true. It’s impossible.
“All I could do was concentrate on the things I do well, the things that have made me successful. I have done that.”
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